NEW YORK — The Mets clinched the NL East title and secured their first playoff berth since 2006 after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 10-2 Saturday afternoon.
Lucas Duda had his first career grand slam and another dominant start by Matt Harvey.
Harvey (13-7) was most appropriate to pitch the clincher, the Mets’ sixth division crown. He was the NL’s starter for the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field, but needed Tommy John surgery and missed all of last season.
Duda sparked a warm-up celebration with his first swing. His first career grand slam in the first inning off left-hander John Lamb (1-4) got thousands of blue-clad NY fans chanting: “Let’s go Mets!”
Friday night the Mets defeated the reds 12-5 after Luca Duda knocked a pair of three-run homers and Noah Syndergaard carried a shutout into the eighth inning.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Mets faced back to back upsets for the playoffs in 2007 and 2008.
The only postseason spot still up for grabs in the National League is the West title.